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Five years feels like 50 looking back on it now.It was early November 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The sun had set on clear skies and there was a slight chill in the air as No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama prepared for kickoff. Only one team would leave Bryant-Denny Stadium undefeated that night, and the hype for the game was unlike anything in recent memory.LSU coach Les Miles was positively giddy with excitement, while Alabama coach Nick Saban did his best to remain calm and keep things in focus.See ball, hit ball, Saban told CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson minutes before kickoff.And for one night, it was that simple. He who hit hardest, won. Check all manner of finesse at the door.But never again.It was called the Game of the Century. It also was the last game of an era. Final score in overtime: LSU 9, Alabama 6.Wed never see another defensive performance quite like it again, and its possible we never will.Saban celebrated his 65th birthday earlier this week on Halloween. And in his four decades coaching, he said he has never seen a matchup with as good of two college football teams as that regular-season game back in 2011.If you took a snapshot and said, OK, how many players are in the NFL now? I think it would be pretty alarming.All told, an astounding 42 players would get drafted, including 10 first-round picks on defense.?But Sabans snapshot belongs in a museum for reasons other than its eye-popping numbers. His is a portrait of a much different time in college football.Through two months of the 2016 season, more games have been won while allowing 35 points or more than in all of 2011. Back in 2006, only one FBS team averaged more than 40 points per game. By 2011, it was up to nine. But if this years numbers hold, it will be a record-setting 17, and that includes Alabama at 43.9 points per game.Back in 2011 against LSU, Alabama fielded the opening kickoff and its offense took the field using a position thats now basically extinct: H-back. Whats more, he was joined by not just one, but two tight ends -- and neither of them were split out wide. A stocky 230-pound running back set up a couple of yards behind the quarterback, who was doing something very strange. Rather than taking a shotgun snap, he actually got under center.AJ McCarron handed off to Trent Richardson, who ran for a first down. Then practically nothing happened. Everyone calmly regrouped, there was plenty of time to show a full replay of Richardsons carry, and the chains were carefully set. Thirty seconds later, with the play clock about to reach single-digits, McCarron, who was in no hurry, called for the snap.Then something even more rare than a deliberately paced offense happened: Defense was played, and lots of it.Despite plenty of future pros on both offenses, neither team scored a touchdown. The closest a ball got to the end zone was when LSU safety Eric Reid intercepted a trick play pass near the goal line, wrestling it away from tight end Michael Williams as the two fell to the turf.Of the many favorite memories former LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper has of the game, that might be at the top of the list. He called it a big-time pick. When the referee signaled the turnover, it was one of the few times he said the coaches could hear over their headsets.It was a defensive battle, Cooper said. It was a slugfest.I just remember a bunch of field goals, McCarron said.LSU made all three of its attempts. Alabama, meanwhile, went 2-of-6, which proved to be the difference in the game.That was, like, true SEC football, McCarron said, ground-and-pound, like it was back in the day.And everyone paid the price.Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland looked around the locker room after the loss and saw players who looked as if theyd been in back-to-back games.Guys were totally drained, he said.LSU defensive lineman Bennie Logan mustered the energy to wave an LSU flag in celebration, but he felt the totality of the heavyweight fight on the ride back to Baton Rouge. He had bruises and cuts everywhere. He said his shin was gashed when an Alabama defenders knee brace dug into him in a scrum.Still, its Logans favorite game of all time.A lot of people werent fans of that game because they want to see high-scoring games with no defense, he said. But that wasnt our style of play.Jonathan Allen was glued to the television screen from his home in Virginia in 2011.He was in high school at the time, only a glimmer of the hulking star Alabama defensive end he has become, yet he remembers the Game of the Century vividly.Afterward, he said he told himself, I want to be a part of those type of games.Just the tenacity both teams had, just the grit, he said. It was a nasty game. I loved every part of it.But Allen, who leads Alabama in sacks, can only dream of being in those kinds of games.Logan, who plays in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, said we wont see any more single-digit defensive games because people dont appreciate it.What was the game last week? Oklahoma and Texas Tech? Logan said. It was like 60 points and 1,000-something yards. ... Its all about scoring instead of stopping somebody.Its more nuanced than that, of course. The proliferation of spread offenses, the prevalence of the hurry-up and various rule changes have changed what constitutes good defense. The speed of the game has ratcheted up so much that 350-pound nose guards like former Alabama star Terrence Cody are obsolete.?Alabama used to be in a 3-4 alignment in 70 percent of its defensive snaps; now Saban is almost exclusively in some form of a nickel look to stop multiple-receiver formations. Matching personnel, which for so long was Sabans secret sauce, is no longer possible as teams refuse to huddle.More speed means more plays, which means more opportunity for points and yards. Last season, Alabama had to defend 243 more plays than it did in 2011. So naturally the Tides record-setting 8.15 points per game allowed in 2011 nearly doubled to 15.3 in 2015.And thats not a reflection of the quality of Alabamas defense, which remains one of the best units in college football. Its just that the goalposts have been moved on what equates to good defense.With two years of the College Football Playoff in the books, Alabama is the only program to reach the top four that finished the season in the top 10 in scoring defense.Miles got himself fired for not adapting on offense, while Saban has gone from a vocal proponent against up-tempo play to one of its most successful users. Two weeks ago, Alabama beat Texas A&M 33-14 with 451 yards of offense, and it was the least productive game of the season for the Tide.Football is not the same, McCarron said.McCarron, like all the former players and coaches who spoke to ESPN.com for this story, doubted whether wed ever see another game like that 9-6 masterpiece.While that game is a feather in the cap of former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis career, its hardly the norm anymore.Its tougher now than there used to be, Chavis said. You dont have to go back too far, but you can dial it back a few years and if you gave up 300 yards as a defensive coordinator, you didnt feel very good about it. You gave up over 17 points, you didnt feel very good about it. Those were the landmarks you had to establish to be a winning football team.And yet it was only a couple of weeks ago that Chavis Texas A&M defense gave up nearly 700 yards of offense and beat Tennessee. Thats no knock on Chavis, who is regarded as one of the best defensive minds of his generation. Its just that the game has changed and people want to see the excitement of a shootout, Chavis said.The days of single-digit slugfests like Alabama-LSU may be long gone, but its not without some sorrow.I dont think its real likely, Chavis said, but if it is, I want to be a part of it.Grant Fuhr Oilers Jersey . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. Esa Tikkanen Oilers Jersey . -- Eastern Kentucky thrives off creating havoc for others. http://www.officialoilersfanstore.com/authentic-jujhar-khaira-oilers-jersey/ .J. Jefferson has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Boyd Gordon Jersey .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. Zack Kassian Jersey . After Mondays hard-fought loss, the wait seemed longer than usual. Getting set to go their separate ways for a short Christmas break, the Raptors coach credited his team for their effort on a seemingly impossible three-game road trip, urging them to build on that success when they get back to work at the end of the week.RENTON, Wash. -- The decision by the Seattle Seahawks to sign former All-Pro guard Jahri Evans is not a sign the Seahawks are ready to go through another training camp with changes on the offensive line.At least, not yet.I feel great. I still feel like Im a top guard in the league, if not the best, Evans said. It is what it is. Im going out there to work hard and show it on the field.Evans went through his first practice with the Seahawks on Sunday, although he was limited just to position drills as Seattle had a mock game later in the afternoon practice. His workload will ramp up over the next few days as the Seahawks prepare for their preseason opener on Saturday in Kansas City.Despite his credentials there is no guarantee that Evans will be a starter in Seattle. At the very least Evans will bring experience. Evans has 153 career starts, while the rest of the Seahawks offensive line has just 136 combined.And he could provide the Seahawks flexibility if needed. The Seahawks have gone through most of the offseason program with the same three interior linemen: Mark Glowinski at left guard, Justin Britt at center and first-round pick Germin Iefdi at right guard. Last season, the Seahawks made two significant changes in the middle of training camp that were part of the reason the offensive line struggled through the first half of the season.Carroll said at some point during camp Ifedi will get a look at right tackle where he played in college. JMarcus Webb has been the starting right tackle for the first week of camp.That may come up here down the road a little bit, but not right now. We really want him to dig in at right guard, Carroll said. We certainly know he can (play tackle). We dont want to confuse the issue right now. We want to really get him to focus. But beforre camp is over he will play some right tackle for us.ddddddddddddEvans, who turns 33 on Aug. 22, was released by the Saints in February. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro during his 10 years in New Orleans. Evans was surprised to be unemployed for this long, especially after his representatives had initial conversations with the Seahawks shortly after the draft.There is a business side to this thing. I really wasnt worried. I was more trying to get somewhere with a good fit, Evans said.The past couple of days have been a bit unusual for Evans learning and going through his first practice at left guard. The last time he remembered playing somewhere other than right guard was in college when he was a left tackle. Carroll said starting Evans out at left guard is by design since they have a good idea of what he can provide on the right side.I think this is a really interesting opportunity for us to be able to bring him in, Carroll said. He has not been told hell be a starter or anything like that. Hes been brought in to compete and hoping hell add to our level of play.Game notesRB Thomas Rawls (ankle) was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Sunday and is expected to begin practicing when the Seahawks return from Mondays day off. Rawls will be brought along slowly, Carroll said, but his return to practice is an optimistic sign hell be ready for the season opener on Sept. 11. ... Carroll said TE Jimmy Graham (knee) isnt ready to be brought off the PUP list yet. ... DE Frank Clark and SS Kam Chancellor are both expected to return to practice on Tuesday after sitting out with minor injuries. ' ' '

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